I can’t believe our year-long reading challenge is already over. Lesbian Book Bingo made my year so much fun—and I think it did the same for many readers of lesbian and f/f fiction.
According to the feedback I got, what readers loved most about Lesbian Book Bingo was that it forced them to read outside of their comfort zone and pick books from genres that they don’t normally read. Many readers were surprised to discover that they actually enjoyed those genres. Others appreciated that they discovered new authors through Book Bingo instead of sticking to their established favorites.
A BIG THANK-YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED
Book Bingo was a huge endeavor, and I couldn’t have done it alone.
I’d like to thank all the participating authors and publishers who contributed books for the giveaways—among them Bold Strokes Books, Bella Books, Ylva Publishing, Bedazzled Ink, Desert Palm Press, Intaglio Publications, Regal Crest, Bywater Books, Sapphire Books, Affinity, and many indie authors.
Thanks so much to my friends Christiane, Anne, Melanie, and many others, who brainstormed books for each square with me, and to Trish, who spent many hours putting together the list of books people read for Book Bingo.
A big thank-you also goes to The Lesbian Review Book Club, T.B. Markinson from I Heart Lesfic, Harper Bliss & Caroline Manchoulas from MyLesfic, and everyone else who helped promote Lesbian Book Bingo.
Last but most importantly, I’d like to thank the readers who participated and left comments on this blog.
LESBIAN BOOK BINGO STATS
Before I reveal the winners of the grand drawing, I’d like to share a few stats about Lesbian Book Bingo.
- About 1,000 readers participated in Lesbian Book Bingo (not everyone sent in their cards, but many used the suggested reading lists to find reading material—that’s totally okay too).
- 278 bingo cards were completed, with all squares filled out.
- 7,115 books were read for Lesbian Book Bingo. Very likely, it was more, but that’s the official count from the cards that were sent in.
- Three readers managed to complete 10 or more bingo cards. One reader sent in 17 cards, with 419 lesbian and f/f books read this year! You can read the interview with the readers who read the most books here.
- The most popular bingo categories were: woman in uniform, fake relationship romance, doctors & veterinarians, friends to lovers romances, and age difference.
THE MOST-READ BOOKS FOR LESBIAN BOOK BINGO
I’m still compiling a list of the books people read for Book Bingo. I’ll post a list for each square tomorrow, including the top 10 for each category, so if you need more book recommendations in your favorite categories, check back tomorrow.
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
Every completed bingo card was put into the drawing, and this morning, I randomly drew the three winners of the grand prize.
Winner #1 is Mindy M. She wins 25 e-books and a fun surprise package. Among other things, there’ll be yummy German chocolate and signed copies of my novels Something in the Wine, Heart Trouble, and Conflict of Interest.
Winner #2 is Alison R. She wins 25 e-books.
Winner #3 is Mary O. She wins 25 e-books.
I’ll be in touch with the winners later today.
WILL THERE BE A BOOK BINGO IN 2019?
I spent a total of 400+ hours on Book Bingo this year, so I’ll need a little break next year before I will run it again.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be a Book Bingo next year, though. A reader who participated this year is putting together her own version of Lesbian Book Bingo in 2019, with a new bingo card with fun squares! Check out Maggie’s Lesbian Book Bingo here.
MY PLANS FOR 2019
I still want to do something fun for lesfic readers in 2019, so I’ll host a series of author interviews. To make it more interesting for you, each one will include a giveaway, a free ebook, or a discounted book. I already have 25 great authors lined up, including Radclyffe, Georgia Beers, Gerri Hill, Melissa Brayden, Lynn Ames, Carsen Taite, and many more.
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Thanks again for participating in Lesbian Book Bingo, and have a wonderful 2019!